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Injuries sustained by equine athletes in the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing industries are a concern to those within the business and to the public viewers of the sport. Catastrophic injuries to racehorses have encouraged jurisdictions to

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Ultrasonography has been used to diagnose tendon injuries in horses for > 3 decades. 1–4 During this time, high-resolution real-time ultrasonography has been the primary modality used to diagnose tendon injuries in horses and to determine the

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Introduction The US Department of Defense (DoD) classifies noncombat injury and illness as disease and nonbattle injury (DNBI), which is defined as all illness and injury not resulting from hostile action, terrorist activity, or armed conflict

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right navicular bone revealed the high signal intensity typically seen in the medullary cavity of healthy navicular bones. No abnormalities were observed in the MRI sequences of the right front foot. On the basis of MRI findings, a diagnosis of injury

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questionnaire based on the schedule for the evaluation of individual quality of life–direct weighting could be used to obtain owner-perceived, weighted quality-of-life assessments for dogs with spinal cord injuries. Materials and Methods Study animals

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Damage of the CCL in dogs is one of the most common injuries encountered by veterinarians and is the most common cause of lameness of the stifle joint. 1,2 Stifle joint instability from CCL rupture results in pain, lameness, and progressive

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within the RI. On the basis of the results of the diagnostic tests and imaging, the diagnosis was left-sided congestive heart failure with acute kidney injury. Figure 1 Two-dimensional color-flow Doppler echocardiographic images acquired from a left

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I njuries leading to tendon, ligament, or joint degeneration are common in all uses of horses, from recreation to competition to farmwork. 1 Treatments for orthopedic injuries include resting, therapeutic shoeing, physical therapy, or local

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Objective

To determine the frequency and anatomic location of musculoskeletal injuries incurred by Quarter Horses during races and to compare data from injured horses and matched control horses.

Design

Matched case-control study.

Animals

97 Quarter Horses that sustained a musculoskeletal injury during races and 291 horses from the same races that were not injured.

Procedure

Data examined included racing history, race-entrant characteristics, racing events determined by analysis of videotapes of races, and, when performed, results of prerace physical inspections. Data for injured horses were compared with data for control horses, using conditional logistic regression.

Results

Incidence of a catastrophic injury among Quarter Horses during races was approximately 0.8/1,000 race starts, whereas incidence of musculoskeletal injury during racing was approximately 2.2/1,000 race starts. Odds of musculoskeletal injury were approximately 8 times greater among horses assessed to be at increased risk of injury on the basis of results of prerace physical inspection than for horses not considered to be at increased risk of injury. Evidence was lacking that 2-year-old horses were at increased risk of injury or that sex influenced the risk of injury among Quarter Horses during races.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance

Incidence of racing injury among Quarter Horses appears to be lower than that observed among Thoroughbreds. Regulatory veterinarians can identify horses at increased risk of injury on the basis of prerace physical inspection, indicating that these inspections could be used to reduce the risk of injury during races. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 1999;215:662–669)

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Deep digital flexor tendon injury in horses is a complex lameness problem because lesions can occur at 4 anatomic locations—distal to the distal sesamoid bone (navicular bone), at the level of the navicular bone, proximal to the navicular bone

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